Moles are a very common type of skin growth. So common, in fact, that nearly every adult will have at least a few. Developed in childhood and adolescence, most moles are harmless and do not require treatment.
When are Moles Cause for Concern?
When a new mole appears in adulthood or begins to change in shape and size, that’s when it’s time to consult your dermatologist. Changing moles are often the first sign of melanoma and should be examined. There is a general guide (ABCDE) to determining whether your mole is harmless or if you should get it evaluated by our dermatologist.
- A stands for asymmetrical shape. If one half of your mole is different than the other half, it could be cause for concern.
- B stands for border. Unhealthy moles have scalloped, uneven, or irregular borders.
- C stands for color. Your moles should have an even color which doesn’t change over time.
- D stands for diameter. New moles larger than ¼ inch can raise a red flag.
- E stands for evolving. If your moles change in shape, size, color, or thickness, or if your mole turns black, this can be a sign that something is awry.